Psychologist Ronete Cohen responds to Dr. Carole Saade’s comments on homosexuality
The following is a response by Psychologist Ronete Cohen to Lebanese psychologist Dr. Carole Saade after her unscientific opinions were quoted in a Lebanese newspaper.
I am glad that Carole Saade is distancing herself from some of what was written in that article, but I’m afraid that what she still supports hasn’t made me change my mind about what I said. The “parental role” in the “forming of a homosexual” is an unproven and long discredited Freudian relic from the early part of the last century. It is only still taken seriously in environments where homosexuality is viewed as a disorder. Think about it: if homosexuality is theoretically the result of a “dysfunctional” parental role, then it is a result of a process “going wrong” and is the “unhealthy” outcome of “unhealthy” parenting. Following the same logic, a “right” parental role would not produce it, instead producing the “healthy” variant, which is heterosexuality. All kinds of parenting, both healthy and unhealthy produce both heterosexual and homosexual children. Homosexuality is not a result of something going wrong. Freud has never been remotely scientific: in all these years no proof has been found for his theories and they are no longer widely accepted by professionals, the scientific community, or by professional organisations, nor have they been accepted for many years. The scientific community has not yet reached a consensus on how homosexuals are born but it doesn’t matter. We don’t think it important to find out why people are left handed, because we know it’s just a healthy variation on being human and we don’t think twice about fully accepting it. The same should be true of homosexuality. When you see someone not accepting it in this way, even when that someone claims to be acting to help homosexuals, you should be rightly suspicious of how much that person will truly understand you and be able to help you.